Been watching Sidney Lumet, as you would, last night it was Network and it begged the question, what happens when outrageous black comedy becomes true? The answer is that it doesn’t work any more. More than any movie I’ve ever seen this fails for sheer obsolescence. However brilliant it is that it did show us ahead of time exactly what television would become, the fact is, that stops it being funny.
I’ve been mulling this over too….
The script is completely groan-inducing stilted, the cardboard characters’ acting to match. I don’t just mean the obvious sendups, the Angela Davis character, The Mse-Tung Show etc; I mean the done-with-feeling parts too. I’ve been looking around the web to see if this is talked about anywhere, but it isn’t. Is this supposed to be the viewer’s reaction? I’m lost here. I’m not saying the acting isn’t great, I dare say it is. But isn’t it great because it is sending up the medium too? Eg the scene where Max leaves his wife…isn’t that supposed to be a two dimensional, trite piece of dialogue as it would be in a scene from a TV show that….
Anybody out there agree with me??? Or can explain to me why I am wrong, please.